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Product Details

  • Series: Non
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (September 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558322094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558322097
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Diane Phillips, celebrated cookbook author, culinary school instructor, and brand spokesperson, presents a pantry full of helpful, timesaving suggestions in The Soup Mix Gourmet. Packed with over 375 recipes, the book uses soup mixes, starters, and pre-made condensed soups as key components for all of the dishes, making them easy and quick to prepare. But her recipes should surprise and delight even those who enjoy spending hours in the kitchen. The use of Lipton Savory Herb with Garlic makes a nice rub for a Holiday Standing Rib Roast, while Campbell's Condensed Cream of Chicken soup creates an appealing element when used in Chicken Piccata. Lipton Onion Soup is mixed with sour cream for a chip-and-dip staple; Top Ramen Salad is suggested for potluck dinners; and Beef and Onion Soup enlivens the standard pot roast. For every vegetable, pasta, meat, and marinade, there appears to be a soup mix destined to enhance it. With the time saved in this comprehensive and inventive book, the family and guests may slow down enough to actually enjoy a meal. --Teresa Simanton

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In this hearty compendium, Phillips (Pot Pies) spins that original humble time-saver, the Campbell's soup can, into a surprisingly pleasing array of dips, salads, pastas, sauces, casseroles and even in an act that might seem redundant soup. Phillips doesn't stop with Campbell's, though, listing a dozen dry mixes from such big labels as Knorr and Lipton that she is "never without." Phillips makes a point of creating recipes with fresh ingredients, using the soups merely as a seasoning element. (Many of them would be quite delicious without using soup mix at all.) On the other hand, those fresh ingredients require prep work that can all but eliminate the timesaving factor of the soup mix. The book retains a distinct vintage whiff: those who reminisce about the 1950s will be glad to see Chicken Divan, Hawaiian Chicken and Tuna Noodle Bake recipes they can "be proud to serve your family or the boss." The more contemporary-minded will enjoy Tomato-Basil Bread and Herbed Goat Cheese Potato Pie. Despite its title, the book is not for true gourmands, who will view with skepticism Phillips's claim that salmon with three packets of miso mix is "very close" to the signature miso-glazed cod at New York's Nobu restaurant. But for those new to cooking, soup mix may well be the miracle ingredient that makes an intimidating ordeal seem easy and quick. This fearless tome may show them that a straight and friendly path to the kitchen lies through the pantry door.

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Customer Reviews

Its recipes are fairly easy to put together.
David Thomson
I often use canned soup as well as dried soup mixes in my cooking.
J. Tinklenberg
I love cookbooks and I'm always trying different recipes.
Janis Wakefield

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Scott Coffman on November 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm a cookbook junkie, endless perusing the latest editions and the old standards (and not-so-standards) for new and exciting meals. A normal cookbook purchase will usually net 3 or 4 suitable recipes for my family's tastes. The Soup Mix Gourmet has proven a bonanza! I've marked over 40 recipes that sound terrific for our needs, and all five that I have made so far were total winners. I'll be looking for more works by this author; she really has the "magic touch" in the kitchen! I work in a brick-and-mortar bookstore, and have recommended this book to over two dozen folks in the last couple of weeks. All of them have expressed great pleasure (one even sent me a couple of boxes of dry soup mix with a thank-you note).
This book is beautifully done. Buy it today!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Daniel F. Moore on November 14, 2001
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This is a HUGE book! Don't be daunted by that as it covers everything from appetizers to main course and tosses in a host of rubs and marinades. Diane Phillips doesn't just recount all of the previously published recipes of the various soup vendors, she undertakes to combine the flavors of canned and dry soup mixes to produce a wonderful result. She provides many tips and alternatives to accomodate individual tastes.
This isn't 'dump chili'. It is a realistic use of condensed and dried soup to enhance and ease the cooking process. I was reluctant at first to purchase this book but it was recommended by a friend. I remembered growing up to recipes that were 'drowned' in salty goop. This book departs from that by combining condensed and dry soups with herbs and spices. I must admit that I was most pleasantly surprised AND I use this book repeatedly.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Tinklenberg on October 22, 2001
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I am not a snob. I often use canned soup as well as dried soup mixes in my cooking. I am a busy mom and don't have time to concoct elaborate sauces and I have children who are extremely suspicious of "flecks" and "chunks". On the other hand, I like to eat food that TASTES good. I welcomed the advent of this cookbook and have already stuffed it with post-it notes on the recipes I am going to try. There is an enormous variety here and if you like to cook with soup you are certain to find something that you will like!
The biggest drawback I found was the emphasis on shallots over onions (this can be pricey for some), but this is easily rectified..just use onions. Some recipes calling for just the seasoning package and not the noodles from ramen noodle soup had me looking askance as well, but you could easily subsitute a bouillon cube. I don't have room to store opened packages of ramen noodles, although I occasionally use the noodles without the seasoning and store those to throw in soup!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "aloha-keneke" on October 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I love to cook! I love the selecting of fresh ingredients, the prep work, and the pleasure of carrying out a complex recipe successfully -- but only when I have time!
During the week, everything changes and nights are unpredictable in my home. It is next to impossible to predict when everyone will be home and ready to eat or how much effort the chef (me) really wants to put forth...
The Soup Mix Cookbook provides easy, reliable recipes that have a lot of flexibility to make dinner prep a breeze. I particularly likes the Baked Potato Soup. It is thick and hearty, people can dress it up as they choose; add a tossed salad to it to complete the meal.
Pick the book up, put it in your car, and shop with it on your way home...dinner will taste so much betrer than regular take-out and your family will be impressed with that American rarity -- a home-cooked meal!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
I checked this book out of the library and loved it! In fact, I loved it so much that I had to order it. It has so many great ideas for busy cooks. With a well stocked soup pantry, you can put together a gourmet meal in a flash. It's well thought out, well organized, and has lots of great trivia. It's a practical cookbook for anyone.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Diane on December 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
I recently took a class with Diane and thoroughly enjoyed all of the dishes she made which were from the book. I bought the book that night and have been using it ever since to the delight of my husband and guests. We have a 1-year-old and this book has been a life-saver allowing me to make tasty meals in less time. I wholeheartedly recommend it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Duncan on December 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After finding this book in the library and looking through it... I knew I HAD to buy it. There were just too many recipes I wanted to try. I usally only buy canned soups, and while I have used them in creative ways I never dreamed that they, along with dry mixes could add so much to so many foods! I plan on making one of the shrimp dip recipes for our department pitch in, and a co-worker is going to make the Tomato Soup Spice Cake. This book is for the novice as well as the experienced cook. Keep it handy.. you will use it often!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janis Wakefield on April 6, 2004
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This cookbook is one of the best I have come across. I love cookbooks and I'm always trying different recipes. But this cookbook has really got me trying one recipe after the other.
If you like to cook and like tasty and delicous food and most of the recipes are pretty easy to prepare you should purchase The Soup Mix Gourmet.
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Welcome to my Amazon.com profile page. I'm the author of 14 cookbooks including the James Beard Award nominated Perfect Party Food. I travel and teach do-ahead entertaining and cooking classes all over the country and in the Dordogne region of France. Teaching is my passion and I love being able to do something that I love that includes meeting my readers and students all over the country. Check out my website www.dianephillips.com for my fall class schedule featuring my next book: Slow Cooker; The Best Cookbook Ever, information about La Combe en Perigord, travel tips, and do-ahead entertaining tools. Follow me at my blog: www.cucinadivina.blogspot.com
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